Monday, November 8, 2010

Searching for answers to tracking dog's injuries

Here's an article I found on Facebook from Life with Dogs.  It originally came from

It is simply amazing to me that so many human beings feel perfectly entitled to kill and maim pets.
Where this thought comes from, I don't know and I don't really care.  I just know that it is wrong and every time someone harms a defenseless pet we all are made less.  Let me know what you think of this story, won't you?

Croft firefighters want to know who shot search and rescue animal

Injured by birdshot
Injured by birdshot
Casey, a Croft Fire Department search and rescue dog, has been wounded. Here, Joe Merritt, Casey's handler, looks over the dog's wounds.
Published: Monday, November 8, 2010 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 8, 2010 at 12:18 a.m. 
Who shot Casey?

Why did someone commit such an act against a creature whose job it is to search and serve?
That's what folks at Croft Fire Department want to know.

They're not even sure exactly when the fire department's search and rescue dog was shot. Their first clue that something was wrong came Friday, when Casey's handler, Joe Merritt, noticed she was lethargic.

Merritt thought her behavior was probably due to the annual vaccinations she received Thursday. But by Sunday, she was no better — she wasn't eating or drinking or leaving her crate.

So on Sunday afternoon, Merritt took Casey to the veterinary emergency clinic, where the staff discovered she had been shot.

Croft Fire Chief Lewis Hayes said they think Casey, a 15-month-old German shepherd, was shot at least twice with birdshot from a shotgun.

“Her whole life is to save people, and then you have a person that tries to kill her. ... It's senseless,” Hayes said.

Firefighters suspect Casey was shot either at the fire station on Thursday night or at Merritt's residence in an Inman subdivision some time Friday. Hayes said she was secured in a pen at both locations.

Hayes said some people have complained about her barking. The department purchased a bark collar, and firefighters bring her inside the fire station at night, he said. Most nights, she sleeps inside Merritt's house...[read more]

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